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Camayan Beach Resort and Hotel
Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 5 February 2012

We weren't able to book a room, so we just decided to take our luck and just check when we arrive there. My family, composed of 8 adults and 1 kid, were supposed get 2 superior rooms. Unfortunately, there weren't any available. It would really be advisable to get reservations. We were thinking to transfer to another resort but All-Hands Beach Resort is all the way to the other side of the bay and they weren't picking up the phone so we just decided to rent a cabana and have a day-trip. All-in-all, we might have spent 10k pesos for all the expenses that day which includes food, toll fees, gas, etc.

If you are on a budget and not really into the night-life thing, then,this resort is for you. Just 2 hours from Manila and you are there. My sister told me, the sand must have been imported, but it is white. The beach itself is maybe 400 meters only, so it's not that long, but the place looks really nice and serene and also close to the forests. Some parts of the beach can get pebbly but it's tolerable. You can see trees,mountains, islands, ships and monkeys in this resort. You can do kayaking, snorkeling, diving, biking and all other sports. The toilet and bathing facilities is good enough. They have separate showers, changing rooms and toilets. The resort is near Ocean Adventure and Zoobic Safari, if you want to get more into your Subic trip. We didn't get to taste the food in their restaurant though because we brought our own. They have grilling stations and you can also have your food re-heated in the microwave, just in case. The staff were also friendly and they always have a life-guard on duty.

We really enjoyed our stay here and we'll definitely come back next time with a booking!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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San Fernando, Philippines
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

Staff are very accomodating, room service in every floor, easy to call, they will be there in few less than 2 mins..

Food is good, ambience is serene in the evening..

They have to to put up a lift and add more rooms ..

I like it though, i still wish to come back... Good Luck Guys...

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Hong Kong
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

Only reason for going there is for the dolphin encounter, which turns out to be joyful and worthwhile for US$100 per head to swim and touch the dolphins. Otherwise the resort itself is quite small and by a tiny beach, not many water sports like phuket or koh samui. The deep fried pork is a must try of the only restaurant in the resort. Cycling in the forest was a very good experience, also a downtown spa called Ritz is very good value for money.

In all, most things cost about half of what you will expect in other tourist spots. Make sure you shut all doors when leaving the room though.... When we returned from dinner, there were 5 rats inside the room for a opened pack of chocolate on the bedside table, having gained entry via the bacolny door. We ended up having to change room.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Angeles City, Angeles, Philippines
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Reviewed 25 December 2011

We arrived 23rd of Dec after our very disappointing reservation in Waterfront. Receptionists are very polite, bellboys even the guards. But was not our lucky day as the next day the hotel is fully booked. We decided to stay overnight anyway, and so far I can say that it was one of the most nicest place I've ever been. Beach is okay, nothing spectacular, but the food at the Reef restaurant is nice and prices are reasonable. And the rooms, very clean, spacious, love the sounds of the wave when we're in the veranda. I thought at first that 5500 is a little high, but after staying there, I changed my mind and said it was worth very centavo. Staff are very attentive, always smiling, and overall it was a great overnight stay, we check out 12noon the next day, but we're sure to come back again, and maybe again and again. :)

Room Tip: Higher floors have less noise from other guests passing by. ;)
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 18 December 2011

We stayed at Camayan from December 15 to 18 after reading reviews from other travellers and finding out that it is one of the well-known resorts in the area. The resort is around 2 and a half hour drive away from Manila. You have to go through NLEX, then SCTEX through to the end. Going through SCTEX is worth the steep toll because of the beautiful view of fields and mountains. Call the office to get more specific directions after arriving in Subic. Driving at sundown is not recommended unless you are familiar with the area as there are no streetlights around.

(Note: Prepare around 800-1000 pesos in toll fees. I think there are 4 toll gates between Manila and Subic.)

Contrary to expectations, the place was not overcrowded and we had a pleasant and relaxing stay. Of course it helped that the weather was perfect -- not too hot nor too cold. There were people already swimming as early as 6:30 or 7:00 in the morning. There is a part of the shore close to the water which was pebbly, but all throughout the sand was fine. There is a lifeguard station and several huts a short a few meters away from shore. A beach volleyball net is also set up and you can rent balls at the place for a 400 peso fee.

We took Ocean view rooms. The rooms have cable TV, aircon, a small fridge, closet with hangers, a safe and bathroom amenities. It was also clean as staff comes in everyday, although they do not do anything about long-legged spiders in certain bathrooms. :(

The rooms were certainly good value for money, although I would suggest more lighting. Sometimes it gets too dark inside because it was only lighted by bedside lamps, a bulb in the bathroom and another one near the closet. Management only accommodates a maximum of 5 people (2 queen size beds, 1 extra mattress), which is a better package than some places and perfect for a family trip. Children 12 and below are exempted from the room charges, however the breakfast buffet is free only for adults. The breakfast rate is 150 Php for children.

Garden View rooms are, ironically, a shorter walk to the beach than the Ocean View rooms. This is because the ocean view rooms are separated from the shore by a wooden fence/railing. (You can hop over if you want to). :p If you don't like monkeys, you're better off with the Ocean View. There are lots of monkeys. They are used to people, but DO NOT FEED them and do not walk around the hotel area holding food out in the open.

The Reef is the only restaurant in the area. Prices were affordable (ave 150-200Php per person) and servings were ok but after staying a couple of days you get tired of the menu. Try the "mocktails", the bihon guisado and their spaghetti bolognese. The "family size" bihon guisado really is good for 6 people. There is lots of room for adults to talk and for children to play around.

For more activities, the Ocean Adventure and Zoobic Safari are a long walk/short drive away. All in all, a great place to stay.

Room Tip: Garden View rooms are, ironically, a shorter walk to the beach than the Ocean View rooms. This is be...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 November 2011

Made a last minute booking here for October 31-November 1. We booked the Sunset Villas and the room did go beyond my expectations. The room was spacious. Bathroom (with tub) was clean. Towels were clean and thick. 2 Queen sized beds were fitted with clean comfortable sheets. For P5,500 a night - with breakfast for 2 (plus extra P550 for the third adult in the room - extra person rate includes breakfast), the room was worth it. Minibar available. No safe. Room was nice and quiet. I could not hear my niece and nephew or my sister shouting from the room they were in next door. :-)

Since the resort is right beside Ocean Adventure. We went to Ocean Adventure first early on our first day and moved our car across the parking lot to check in the resort after lunch. Had a siesta then we hit the beach when it wasn't so hot anymore. If you are a hotel guest, you will have a 20% discount on your Ocean Adventure tickets and if you decide to visit the attraction the next day, it will be for free. Pretty good deal for us since the kids wanted to go back the next day to watch the shows the second time around.

The beach was ok. Waves were calm. Good swimming beach for little kids. There are some parts of the beach with sharp rocks and dead corals. If you go swimming around that area, you will find A LOT of fish. I put my head in and they were all literally staring at me right in the face. I think the fish there are used to people feeding them so if you stay pretty still, you will be surrounded by a ton of fish. My son asked for some stale bread from the resort restaurant and we had a good time feeding the fish. Almost scary since there were so many of them surrounding us.

Only complain I have is the breakfast. P300 for adults and P150 for kids. The room rate includes breakfast for 2 so we had to pay extra for the kids. No problem with the rate but the selection was just terrible. Main viands for breakfast were - fried bangus (not so bad), our super red "only in the Philippines" pinoy hotdogs, pork and beans and chopsuey (? with only bell peppers, onions and mushrooms). Rice, eggs, pancakes and arroz caldo were also served. Another section had salad (but I only saw cucumbers and carrots - not sure if they just ran out of the greens), fruits, cereal, bread and turnovers that I didn't even bother to pick up because it looks like they were sitting there for weeks already. Breakfast comes with coffee, hot chocolate, and juices. A change for the main selections (maybe bacon, hungarain sausages, tocino, longganisa....) would make it better. Maybe using a food warmer that will actually help keep the food warm will help. Some minor renovations on the restaurant and the food set up will do too. After breakfast, we were relieved that we decided did not eat at the resort restaurant for dinner the night before even if we got lost in the dark trying to get to Dewey Avenue for Xtremely Xpresso (see separate review).

With a few improvements on the food, this resort would be perfect. Will definitely be back with my family.

Oh... we were hoping to get monkey visitors on our porch but we did not have any during our entire stay. :-)

Room Tip: Request for rooms at the new wing - sunset villas.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Manila, Philippines
1 review
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Reviewed 20 October 2011

We stayed at Camayan on Oct. 15-16. The Captain's Suite we took for P8,800 (since we had an extra adult with us, my son which was charged an additional P550) was worth it. The room was spacious and clean. Smelled nice. It had two bathrooms. One had a jacuzzi on it which my daughter really liked. It had it's own bar and dining room and a king sized bed. The sofa was a multipurpose one where you can pull a bed out from under so I'm really glad our party of 5, didn't have to squeeze into the King sized bed. It had 2 Tv's and the Wi-Fi was available and internet connection was fast. The room was actually worth it. What's nice about the place is it's proximity to Zoobic Safari and Ocean Adventure. Although it is a far drive from town so make sure that you travel going to the hotel during the day because you're going to pass along forests and a long stretch of road that seemed endless.

The only thing that I was concerned about is that monkeys frolic freely around the place especially in the early morning. I was freaked out when I went out for a walk and when I went back to the room found monkeys blocking the stairs. They are harmless though according the staff if you don't provoke them. But it still scares me.

I think they also need to clean the beach area. There was a lot of debris around and the water looked murky even early in the morning.

All in all, I would go back to this place. I especially enjoyed the food at The Reef, the only restaurant there.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Camayan Beach Resort and Hotel
Address: Camayan Wharf | West Ilanin Forest Area, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon 2222, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Luzon > Central Luzon Region > Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Camayan Beach Resort and Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 85
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Camayan Beach Resort, your escape destination where the forest meets the sandy shores of lovely Subic Bay. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery and natural environment. Or swim, snorkel, paddle, and peddle your way through a wide array of beach and forest activities. Next door discover a world of wonder at Ocean Adventure, the only open-water marine park in Southeast Asia. Join us for an unforgettable vacation. Escape today! ... more   less 
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